District 7 Learning Fair
The Learning Fair provides an opportunity for our students to research and display a topic that is of interest to them. The goal of this fair is for our students to further their knowledge through exploration. We encourage a more child-centered project, rather than a project that is parent-directed. There will be no judging, and ALL students will be recognized!
Kindergarten Registration extended. See article below.
Illinois State Board of Education Makes Changes to ISAT Performance Levels
Illinois schools will see a decline in their students’ ISAT performance level (Exceeds, Meets, Below Standards, and Academic Warning) at the elementary and middle school levels. This change is similar to changing a grading scale where 90-100 was considered an A, and now the scale is changed to 94-100 to achieve an A. The State of Illinois has raised the bar for all students. [More Info]
S.T.E.M Activities at Nelson School
Second graders are currently studying a science unit titled The Great Outdoors. We are learning that an ecosystem is a community of living things and about abiotic factors such as light, moisture, and soil.
Mr. Emerson’s class worked in small groups to set up mini ecosystems in the classroom. Each group used small containers to spread soil, making sure the soil was evenly distributed. Students planted five different types of flower seeds as well as three containers of grass seed in the various containers. The students then watered their soil and labeled each container to identify the type of seed that was planted.
The students will tend to and monitor their ecosystems over the next few weeks, observing and charting their plant’s growth. They will also observe how light and water is necessary for their ecosystem to flourish.
This is a fun and educational “hands on” activity that allows our students to interact with the ecosystem!
Nelson's Young Authors
Seventy-five of our students participated in our district’s annual Young Author’s program! Students wrote stories or poems using their imagination and illustrations. After writing and illustrating their stories, students had to include an “About the Author” and “Dedication” pages.
Students wrote wonderful stories full of exciting details and action! Second grader Chase Chrenka, wrote The Three Cavemen & the Magic Waterfall and 1st grader Grace Eagle wrote Taylor, The Brave Little Kitten. Both students won the opportunity to participate with other county level winners. Kindergartener Adam Lugge took 1st place in our school by writing The Abominable Snowman. Adam won the opportunity to participate with other state winners. All of our authors were able to share their stories with classmates during Nelson’s Annual Young Author’s Tea.
We are proud of all of our authors and we send special congratulations to Adam, Chase and Grace!
Way to go!!!!
3/31-4/3/14: Spring Book Fair
3/31: Lunch with Loved Ones (Emerson, Mason, Van Voorhis & Steiner)
4/1: Fine Arts Day
4/2: Lunch with Loved Ones (Kohlfeld, Heimos, Johnson, Schon & Yancik)
4/2: Kindergarten Registration - 8:30-6:30pm (you can also register your kindergartner on any other day between 8:30-4:30pm)
4/3: Lunch with Loved Ones (Richert, Schlueter, & Jones)
4/3: Kindergarten Hawaii Day
4/3: Family Book Fair Night - 5:30-8:00pm
4/3: PTO Mtg @ 6:00pm
4/8: 1st Grade Music Program @ Lincoln Middle School @ 6:30 (students to arrive at 6:00pm)
4/10: SIUE Dental Student Program
4/10: 2nd Grade Candy Factory
4/10: District Awards Banquet at EHS @ 6:00pm
4/11: Progress Reports Issued (1st & 2nd Graders)
4/14-4/18/14: Spring Break - No School
4/14: Board Mtg @ Woodland @ 7:30pm
4/21: School Resumes
4/22: 1st Grade Field Trip to Edwardsville's Library
4/23: 5K Packet Pick-up - 12:00-2:00pm
4/24: Drama Club Performance @ EHS @ 6:30pm (students to arrive at 6:00pm)
4/25: School Spirit Day (wear orange/black or Nelson gear)
4/25: 5K Race Packet Pick-up - 5:00-7:00pm
4/26: Eye of the Tiger 5K Race & Pancake Breakfast - 8:00am
4/28: School Board Mtg @ Woodland @ 7:30pm
4/29: Volunteer Luncheon - 11:00-1:30pm
4/30: Kindergarten Barnyard Day
NELSON'S SCHOOL MOTTO:
I will do my best, use good manners and cooperate with everyone at school!